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McKean Run Club prepares for race

Wed, 2019-01-16 08:37

McKean Elementary’s Winter Run Club is preparing for its big race.

Coordinated by McKean Elementary teacher Lisa Roberts, more than 110 students in grades k-4 participate in each winter session on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school through January.

While increasing overall fitness through flexibility, strength and endurance, the students practice for their culminating run at Edinboro University Dome on January 26.

Edinboro University’s track and field athletes and coaches, as well as JWPMS’ cross country athletes and coach Mr. White, help with this program by speaking with the students and helping them train.

The McKean Elementary Run Club and the Spring Recess Laps program started as part of McKean Elementary’s 2013 grant from the ING Run for Something Better School Awards Program. Roberts started the program to help students increase their physical activity.



Seneta scores 1000

Tue, 2019-01-15 13:56

Last night, senior Sierra Seneta scored her 1,000th career point in the 2nd qtr against FLB! She is the 10th General McLane girls basketball player — and the fourth person in her family — to reach this milestone! Congratulations!

Parker PRIDE Winners

Mon, 2019-01-14 07:55

Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Emma Walker (5th)
Tucker Bryson (5th)
De’Mariah Miles (5th)
Slade Defelice (6th)
Jacob Roth (6th)

James W. Parker Middle School’s Parker PRIDE program is a new program that launched from the school’s PBIS initiatives. Each week, five students will be recognized for exhibiting the positive behavioral expectations set. Students will be selected randomly from those who have earned “tickets” throughout the week. Students selected will choose an incentive from a list of five choices. This is only for grades 5 and 6.

Edinboro Christmas Program

Fri, 2019-01-11 15:54

The Edinboro Elementary Specials Teachers hosted their annual Christmas Read and Sing-along program before break.

Mrs. Androstic, Mrs. Smith and Mr. Beck hosted the whole school in the gym for an hour to read books and sing Christmas carols. There was a performance of “Carol of the Bells” on bells by Mrs. Smith, and her husband even came to be a guest reader and read “The Grinch”. Mr. Beck read “Santa Duck” by David Milgrim, and Mrs. Androstic read “Santa Retires” by David Biedrzycki.

Each grade level performed a different Christmas carol, and the whole school performed their traditional version of Jingle Bells in singing and sign language! This was a fun-filled and festive hour!

Last 2018 Parker PRIDE Winners

Mon, 2019-01-07 12:29

Congratulations to the last Parker PRIDE winners of 2018:

Dakota Volz
Ainsley Puller
Katherine Quinn
Eric Lesko
Emma Dubynskiy

James W. Parker Middle School’s Parker PRIDE program is a new program that launched from the school’s PBIS initiatives. Each week, five students will be recognized for exhibiting the positive behavioral expectations set. Students will be selected randomly from those who have earned “tickets” throughout the week. Students selected will choose an incentive from a list of five choices. This is only for grades 5 and 6.

FBLA students move on to states

Mon, 2019-01-07 12:29

General McLane had multiple students place at the Future Business Leaders of America competition on December 17 at Penn State Behrend.

Devyn Bayle and Avery McCullough won first place in Entrepreneurship. Taylor Thomas and Megan Parker won first place in Social Media Campaign. Cassidy Commer, Nate Jones, and Isaac Kennedy won first place in Sports and Entertainment Management. Rachel Lesko and Claire Baillie won first place in Marketing. Clayton Boutte and Jason Hahn took first place in Graphic Design. Anna Chernicky also won first place in Introduction to Public Speaking. Lexi Langer, Amy Patterson, and Olivia Minner finished in second place in Hospitality Management. Fourth place finishers were Grace Honeycutt in Introduction to Business Communication and Shannon Miller in Business Calculations.

All first and second place finishers are eligible to compete at states in Hershey, PA in April.

Congratulations to all participants!

*Photos courtesy of FBLA General McLane’s Twitter account, @FBLAGM*

McKean 2nd graders get festive before holidays

Mon, 2019-01-07 12:22

McKean second graders were feeling festive during the last week of school before break.

Students participated in several holiday rotations, organized by their teachers. Reindeer food preparation, cocoa breaks, read alouds, and a few seasonal games were all included in the fun!

Polar Express Returned to Edinboro

Mon, 2019-01-07 11:58

Before break, Edinboro Elementary students once again joined in on the magic of Christmas and rode the Polar Express Train ride.

Inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s book that was later adapted into a feature film, the Polar Express is a story of a young boy’s trip to the North Pole.

Mimicking the book, Edinboro students wore their pajamas and enjoyed their trip to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate and their very own sleigh bells. Students boarded the train, listened to a reading of The Polar Express and danced the “Hot Chocolate” dance after being greeted by their very own conductor. The students also signed an entire Christmas song.

This journey is part of the second grader’s big Polar Express unit done each year in December. This has been taking place for more than 11 years.

GM hosts Reunification Training

Fri, 2019-01-04 14:54

General McLane hosted a safety training for many county school resource officers and administrators today.

NaviGate Prepared‘s Chris Porter spoke to the attendees about their newest feature, Reunification Module and the importance of planning and being as efficient as possible in a critical incident.  Porter also conducted a mock scenario.

General McLane School Resource Officer Jose Montes coordinated the event.

To learn more about school safety within General McLane, visit our website. 

GMHS teacher wins Golden Apple

Fri, 2019-01-04 09:15

General McLane High School teacher Bruce Yates recently received the Golden Apple Award.

Jayda Plonski nominated Mr. Yates, who has worked as a vocal music teacher at General McLane for thirty-one years. In addition to serving as a vocal musical teacher, Mr. Yates is also the director of the high school musical and Broadway Dinner.

The GOLDEN APPLE AWARD program is a tradition at JET-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania. JET-TV, in partnership with Edinboro University, honors local educators who have made a positive impact upon the youth of our community. Students submit written nominations explaining why they are nominating a teacher. Each week during the school year, JET-TV visits an area school to announce the winner.

This honor aired Wednesday, January 2 on Action News24 at 6:00 p.m., and the story aired again on Thursday morning, January 3 on Action News 24 between 5:30 and 7:00 a.m.

General McLane High School was selected as a GRAMMY Signature School Semi-Finalist in 2014.  Yates was selected as a quarterfinalist for the 2016 Music Educator Award, presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation.

Congratulations to Mr. Yates!

EE students frost cookies with Superintendent

Fri, 2018-12-21 10:16

Yesterday, Edinboro Elementary School students in the Life Skills and Emotional Support classrooms had a sweet holiday treat!

Students frosted cookies with Superintendent Mr. Scaletta.

New “Parker Pride Student of the Month” Program at JWPMS

Thu, 2018-12-20 09:55

James W. Parker Middle School launched a new Parker Pride Student of the Month Program

The Parker Pride students of the month recognizes students throughout the entire building, in grades 5 through 8.

PRIDE is an acronym for Positive, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Empathy.  Through this program, the school recognizes students that exemplify these character traits every day. Each month, one of the grade level teams is assigned a character trait in a rotating basis. The teams are: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and exploratory. These teams are responsible for nominating students and then selecting one student that best exemplifies that specific trait.

Students selected are recognized over the announcements and then meet with JWPMS associate principal Justin Whitford, who shares the reason why they were selected. Their pictures, grade and character traits are then posted on a banner outside of the gym lobby for the month. Additionally, students are invited to a breakfast celebration and can bring a friend.

The program launched this year with the start of the middle school’s new Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), which is a program based on a national model to promote positive behavior growth. This new model focuses on shifting students’ mindsets with recognition, rewards and celebrations.

Although similar, this program is different from the PBIS Parker Pride weekly winners.

For December, 5th grade had Determination, 6th grade had empathy, 7th had positive, 8th had respect, and exploratory had integrity. Students selected as this month’s winners include:

5th – Determination – Phillip Gocal
6th – Empathy – Jane Howard
7th – Positive – Allisyn Stuck
8th – Respect – Nathanael Robbins
Exploratory – Integrity – Kyle Cousins

Parker Pride Students of the Month (Running List)

November 2018
5th – Integrity – Midori Zheng
6th – Determination – Estella Menc
7th – Empathy – Annika Semoe
8th – Positive – Abby Walker
Exploratory – Respect – Bailey Cannon

October 2018
5th – Respect – Charlie Salvo
6th – Integrity – Bryce Mulligan
7th – Determination – Maya Egloff
8th – Empathy – Talon Frick
Exploratory – Positive – Peter Alberti

September 2018
5th – Positive – Zoey Delaney
6th – Respect – Noah Saulsgiver
7th – Integrity – Scout Adamski
8th – Determination – Thomas Langer
Exploratory – Empathy – Pacey Moran

GMHS teacher wins “My Teacher Rocks Contest”

Thu, 2018-12-20 09:17

A General McLane High School teacher was the winner of this year’s “My Teacher Rocks Contest”, sponsored by  Iszkula Orthodontics.

Iszkula Orthodontics patients were asked to give a well-deserved educator kudos by submitting an essay for their contest.

Sophomore Natalie Senyo nominated Hertel, who has served as a Guidance Counselor in the District for more than 10 years.

As a winner of this contest, Hertel will get a $50 gift card to the store of her choice and a basket full of school supplies. Also, they will be having a pizza party for Brenda, Natalie, and some of Natalie’s friends.

Congratulations to Mrs. Hertel!

McKean students give back through Giving Tree

Thu, 2018-12-20 09:08

This month, McKean Elementary hosted their annual Giving Tree. The students raised 170 winter items for SafeNet.

Mrs. Iaquinta and Mrs. Renick coordinated the winter item drive through the Autistic Support Classroom. Items donated included hats, gloves, scarves.

Great job to our students and thanks to those who donated!

GMHS Christmas Store returns for those in need

Thu, 2018-12-20 09:00

General McLane prides itself on helping and supporting those in its community — and that’s exactly what the annual Christmas Store continues to do.

The annual Christmas Store for students in need at General McLane High School re-opened this week.

High school nurse Laurie Swanson started the store more than 17 years ago in an effort to help students in need provide gifts to their family during the holidays. Generous community members and district employees donate brand-new items that fill the nurse’s office, and students are then able to pick out gifts for those on their lists.

Students, identified through administrators and staff, are able to come in throughout the day and select items for family and friends.

HS students send cards to terminally ill PA teen

Wed, 2018-12-19 12:36

In December, General McLane High School’s Caring Club organized a school-wide Holiday Card mailing for Maddox Hyde, an 8th grade student from DuBois Area Middle School who is terminally ill.

Hyde has been receiving treatment for neuroblastoma at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. He’s been battling it for eight years and was told he only has a few weeks to live.

The Caring Club collected approximately 300 holiday cards to send to Maddox.

The Caring Club is a student organization that holds activities throughout the year to promote a positive atmosphere at General McLane. The main event that they participate in is National Child Grief Awareness Day in November.

JWPMS’ Super Delicious Strawberry Pineapple Cake wins national contest

Wed, 2018-12-19 12:10

James W. Parker Middle School students can now add “Recipe Creator” to their resumes.

Their Super Delicious Strawberry Pineapple Cake recipe recently took home the grand prize in Dole’s “Get Cooking With Fruit Student Recipe Contest“.

Students in Mrs. Tuttle’s Life Skills Support Class used this opportunity for a cross-curricular activity that included math, reading, community-based instruction, technology and science.  Students researched Dole products, viewed their available products at a grocery store, brainstormed ideas on incorporating Dole products into a recipe, calculated costs of needed ingredients and supplies, invented a recipe, revised the recipe and then wrote, typed and emailed the final recipe.

“Needless to say, we baked a strawberry/pineapple cake multiple times and worked on gathering feedback to modify the recipe. I am beyond excited and so are my students,” Tuttle said.

This contest was open to all students within the U.S., and recipes were judged on creativity, visual appeal, incorporation of fruit and originality. The recipe they entered was featured in James W. Parker Middle School’s cafeteria for their Thanksgiving holiday meal dessert. Food Service Director Nicole Keller submitted the recipe.

“Since the life skills class often participates as a group, we decided to not only use this contest as a teaching tool for kitchen and culinary skills, but also as an activity that promoted teamwork and creative thinking,” Keller said. “I was lucky enough to be a taste tester for all five recipes they came up with including their final entry, which was a culmination of a lot of effort and pride.”

Students won one of the three National Grand Prizes and will be receiving individual achievement certificates, a school plaque, a $3,000 Learning Garden, and ten cases of Dole Fruit Cups for their cafeteria. The Learning Garden provides schools with raised garden beds, soil, seeds, cart & tools, and interpretive signs so students can start their own 80 square foot raised garden.

Congratulations to our students!

Escape Classroom returns to JWPMS

Tue, 2018-12-18 12:08

James W. Parker Middle School students worked together to “Escape the Classroom.” Mimicking the exciting new form of live action entertainment, students work together to earn their way out of a locked room.

Sixth grade teacher science teacher Todd Sturgess created the escape classroom to engage more students to their science curriculum. Using science clues, students must find the combination of a locked toolbox. Once inside the box, they find two things: a roadblock that they can use to slow down other groups and another series of challenges to unlock a second padlock.

Once that second padlock, is opened it’s a race to find the combination of the key chest that will allow the students to find the “master” key to the classroom (symbolic only).

Forming 3D CELLS

Tue, 2018-12-18 12:08

James W. Parker Middle School students in Mr. Sturgess’ class create 3D representations of cells.

Students select items to represent various cell structures and justify their selections.  This lesson gives students an understanding of systems, including the analysis of parts, subsystems and interactions.

2018 VFW Essay Contest Winners

Mon, 2018-12-17 09:21

Various General McLane students were selected to advance in the VFW Essay Contests.

Junior Allison Walsh was this year’s Voice of Democracy Essay Contest winner. This contest was for students in grades 9-12. Walsh will receive a $600 award and advance to the District 28 Competition. The 2018-19 theme was “Why My Vote Matters.”

The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school.

James W. Middle School students Avery Young, Henry Salvo, Erin Mennow, Mallory Grucza, Abigail Walker, Lyra Prost, Abigail Hammer, Sydney Ferraro, Isabella Hinkle and Shannon Rohrer were the winners of the 2018 VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. Each was awarded with a monetary prize of $400, along with a chance for their essay to move on to the District 28 Competition. The 2018-19 theme was “Why I Honor the American Flag.”

The Patriot’s Pen Essay contest is for students in grades 6-8, and the national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.

Students’ entries were submitted and selected by the VFW Post 740, who also recently hosted a complimentary banquet for selected students and their teachers.

Congratulations & good luck to all of our winners at the District 28 Competition!